Aaldering, Pinotage Blanc 2016


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SKU: WC110580-2016 Category:


Technical Analysis

ALC: 12.84 %

RS: 2.75 g/L

TA: 6.75g/L

pH: 3.74

Tasting Notes

Racy on the palate with a surprisingly complex compote of aromas. White pear blood orange, cranberry and pomegranate, all wonderfully integrated with a fresh and creamy texture.

Vineyard Notes

Clone: PI48A

Soil: Decomposed Granite (Hutton, Clovelly Soils)

Rootstock: Richter 99

Orientation: South East Facing

Planted: 1998

Altitude: 110-160m above sea level

Hectare: 4.37 ha.

Winemaking Report 2016

Harvest was the driest in over a century. Extremely challenging, especially for white varieties. With very little rain throughout the season irrigation management was of utmost importance.

Green harvesting was done very early at the end of October and again early January, removing every bunch that is not up to standard for the required quality. Grapes were harvested on two separate occasions and early in the morning. The first part was harvested at 19.5 degrees Balling and the second at harvesting took place at 27 degrees Balling. All grapes were cooled down the day before and whole bunch pressed to reduce colour extraction and create a near Champagne coloured wine. Press fractions were separated into two batches namely free run (maximum of 0.4 bar) and pressed juice (0.4 bar-1.2 bar). Juice was settled and then inoculated with selected yeast strains (RB2) and then fermented in stainless steel. The wine was bottled shortly thereafter to protect its freshness.

Ageing Potential

Enjoy right now or age up to 2-3 years. Bottled with a DIAM (taint-free) cork closure, in order to ensure a flawless aging capacity. Ideal serving temperature between 14-16°C/54-58°F.

Food Matches

Olives, coquilles St. Jacques, eal, organ meat, salty bites, oily twists.


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